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What is the difference between the particles は and が?

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    I know, I know, は is the topic particle and が is the subject particle, but what exactly is the difference, semantically, between the topic and the subject?

    August 30, 2017

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    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fayke

    An easy way to understand it is to insert "as for A" or "regarding A" when 「Aは」 is used and "it is B that" when 「Bが」 is used.
    A phrase like the one mentioned in one of the other posts 私はコーヒーが好きです。becomes: As for me, it is coffee that is likable. Of course that would be a really bad translation, but it is a good way to get the meaning and then find the best equivalent in English to express the same idea, in this case: I like coffee.

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